LONDON—Queen Elizabeth canceled a trip to Northern Ireland after doctors advised her to rest for a few days, a rare case in which Britain’s longest-serving monarch has had to step back from public duties owing to ill health.
Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old was in “good spirits” and that she looked forward to visiting Northern Ireland “in the future.” She doesn’t have Covid-19 and isn’t seriously ill, according to one official familiar with the matter.
The queen was on Tuesday night photographed meeting and smiling with business leaders at Windsor Castle.
The monarch has had a packed schedule of late, attending the horse racing at Ascot over the weekend and holding several audiences, including meeting the European Union’s ambassador to the U.K. on Tuesday.
She had appeared recently walking with a stick but at the business event on Tuesday night was doing well without one. Buckingham Palace said that Queen Elizabeth “reluctantly” accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days and not to travel to Northern Ireland.
The queen was due to travel to mark 100 years since the partition of Ireland, which created the U.K. province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. The visit was scheduled to last two days.
She is expected to attend the United Nations climate summit starting in Glasgow, Scotland, later this month. It is unclear whether the rest period will preclude her from attending. She recently waded into the climate debate when she was overheard on a microphone saying it was “irritating” when leaders “talk but don’t do.”
Earlier this month, advisers to the queen said she had declined the “Oldie of the Year” magazine award, which celebrates achievements by older generations. She had been nominated for her leadership during the pandemic.
“Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient,” her assistant private secretary wrote.
Her husband, Prince Philip, died in April, at age 99. Since marking a mourning period, the queen has maintained a steady schedule of engagements.
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